LC 342 - Learning Community: Yoga, Mindfulness and Indian Philosophy
Stress is becoming an increasingly serious problem for college students. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness can help you cope better.
This Learning community has two parts.
Practicum: We’ll practice hatha yoga and meditation and discuss the experience as well as the stressors in college life. We’ll explore ways to use meditation and yoga as tools to slow down, to center, and to balance your priorities better.
Theory: Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness developed thousands of years ago as part of Hindu and Buddhist practice. Is it OK for people who aren’t Buddhist or Hindu to practice them, or is that a disrespectful appropriation of other people’s religion? We’ll compare and assess different types of practice and we’ll weigh the benefits and the costs of our Western embrace of yoga and meditation. We’ll also examine Buddhist and Hindu worldviews, trying to understand them on their own terms. And we’ll talk about what they have to offer to us today. For example, do they offer better ways of being spiritual and of thinking about our bodies and our selves?
General Education Attribute(s): Moral Inquiry
Course Applies to: Asian Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies